Watch Implosion of Detroit’s Palace of Auburn Hills Concert Venue

The demolition of a famous Detroit-area sports and concert venue was completed this morning with the implosion of the Palace of Auburn Hills.

You can watch video of the building’s final moments below.

On Aug. 13, 1988 Sting, on tour in support of his second solo album …Nothing Like the Sun, became the first artist to play at the Palace. The 23,000 capacity arena went on to host shows by many of rock’s most famous acts, including multiple-night stands from Pink Floyd, Aerosmith and Bon Jovi.

Van Halen played at the Palace four times each on tours in support of their For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge and Balance albums. Kiss included their Oct. 14, 1990 show at the venue on the Hot in the Shade tour in their Kissology Volume Two: 1978-1991 home video.

Watch the Implosion of the Palace of Auburn Hills

On March 31, 1995 a deranged former Led Zeppelin fan unsuccessfully tried to reach the stage and stab Jimmy Page during the Palace stop on Page and Robert Plant‘s No Quarter tour. The Cure‘s live album Show was recorded during the band’s July 1992 two-night stand at the venue, as was Madonna‘s 2001 Drowned World Tour HBO special and live DVD.

The NBA’s Detroit Pistons won three championships during the three decades they called the Palace their home. It was also the site of the infamous Nov. 19, 2004 “Malice at the Palace” fight between players and spectators.

Watch Kiss Perform at the Palace of Auburn Hills in 1990

The team moved to the Little Caesers Arena in downtown Detroit at the start of the 2017 season, and Bob Seger performed the last concert at the Palace on Sept. 23, 2017. “What a great building this has been,” he said near the end of the show. “A lot of great shows. Thanks for everything, Palace. We love ya!”

After Seger performed a live version of “Rock and Roll Never Forgets” to end the concert, a pre-taped version of his song “The Famous Final Scene” was aired from the empty stage, accompanied by video footage of various famous music and sporting moments from the venue’s history.

Watch Bob Seger Perform the Last Songs at the Palace of Auburn Hills

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Eagles Touring Members: The Band Behind the Band

When a group lasts as long as the Eagles, evolution becomes a necessity. While growing and stretching in artistic ways helps keep the creative spark alive, it also creates challenges in the live setting.

For the Eagles, being able to bring decades worth of dynamic and influential songs to the stage required added musicians. While not official members, these rockers remain in the background, adding layers and depth to the group’s iconic catalog of tunes.

But their contributions are not limited to the live setting. These touring members have added to the group off-stage as well, thanks to their involvement in recordings and various solo efforts.

Unsurprisingly, the Eagles have been very particular about who they’ve allowed into their inner circle. Here’s a look at the touring members who’ve helped make the band one of rock’s most engaging acts.

John Corey

Corey’s first experience within the Eagles’ orbit came in 1978 when he contributed vocals, guitar and keyboards to the self-titled debut album of former member Randy Meisner. Nine years later, he get involved in another solo effort, delivering guitar, keys and bass on Don Henley’s The End of the Innocence, while also receiving songwriting credits on the tracks “The Last Worthless Evening” and “Gimme What You Got.” The rocker would join Henley’s band, touring in support of the hugely successful 1989 LP.

When the Eagles reunited in 1994 for their first tour in 14 years, Henley brought Corey into the fold. Thus, the multi-instrumentalist appeared on the ensuing ‘94 live album Hell Freezes Over. He also contributed to Henley’s 2000 solo effort, Inside Job. Aside from the Eagles, Corey has worked with such vaunted artists as the Who, Rod Stewart, the Knack and Eddie Money.

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Scott Crago

When the Eagles agreed to reunite in ‘94, they knew they’d need some additional musicians to fill out the touring lineup. The band auditioned 10 drummers, with Henley keenly watching over the process. One of those who auditioned was Scott Crago.

“To fit into a band that’s that big, I don’t think they needed somebody else to come in and compete as being a fifth Eagle, a sixth Eagle,” Crago later recalled in an interview with drumstick company Vic Firth. “They brought me in knowing that I could just come in and do the job and not take away from who Don Henley is, and who Glenn [Frey] and Joe [Walsh] and those guys were.”

Still, his arrival wasn’t without incident. Crago’s first rehearsal with the band was on the song “New York Minute.” When Henley stopped the song midway through and suggested the drummer “listen to this song one more time,” Crago assumed he’d immediately lost the gig. “I turned white,” the rocker recalled to Modern Drummer, adding that he had an “immediate stomach ache.” “It felt like a failure.” Still, the drummer went and listened to the song “about 600 times” to ensure he’d never mess it up again. Since then, he’s been a steady member of the Eagles’ larger faction, appearing on the Hell Freezes Over live LP, the 2003 single “Hole in the World” and the 2007 album Long Road Out of Eden. He also co-wrote the song “Everything Is Different Now,” featured on Inside Job.

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Steuart Smith

Guitarist Steuart Smith initially appeared on Henley’s Inside Job. Impressed by the musician’s impressive acumen, Henley set up a jam session alongside Frey in the hopes of bringing Smith into the Eagles touring band. After running through a handful of songs, Henley thanked Smith and said that he and Frey would need to discuss further steps. “I looked at Glenn and I said, ‘What do you think?,’” Henley recalled. “And he went, ‘Bingo.’ He said, ‘That’s the guy.'”

Smith is credited on five songs 2007’s Long Road Out of Eden, while also sharing producing duties for the LP. The musician’s contributions to the Eagles have not been lost on the group’s core members or their fans.

“Steuart’s quite a musician, and he’s added a lot of much-needed creative spark to the band,” Henley told The Washington Post in 2003. “He’s incredible, one of the best I’ve ever seen and one of the few people who could have stepped into this position and handled it as gracefully as he has. The thing that is most gratifying to me is that the crowds seem to love him: They applaud him vigorously every night and when he’s introduced, they chant his name.”

Smith’s additional work has included work with Shawn Colvin, Rodney Crowell, Nils Lofgren and fellow Eagles auxiliary member Vince Gill. He also played a key role in Henley’s 2015 album, Cass County.

Michael Thompson

One only needs to look at the credits for Glenn Frey’s 2012 LP After Hours to understand Michael Thompson’s Swiss Army knife-like musical ability. The musician recorded eight different instruments on the release, while also serving as one of the album’s producers. In a 2012 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Frey credited Thompson with helping the singer discover new ways to interpret his classic hits. The musician has enjoyed a similar role with the Eagles, working as the band’s jack-of-all-trades since 2001, including multiple contributions to Long Road Out of Eden.

As one of the most in-demand session musicians in Hollywood, Thompson’s long and impressive resume includes work with many of the biggest names in music. including Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Hall & Oates, Bob Seger, Stewart Copeland, the Bee Gees, Steve Perry, Phil Collins. He’s also released three studio LPs with the Michael Thompson Band.

Will Hollis

Keyboardist Will Hollis joined the Eagles touring band in 2001. Over that same timespan the musician also supported Frey and Henley during their respective solo tours. In addition to nearly two decades of live performances, the keyboardist also contributed to the Eagles’ 2007 LP Long Road Out of Eden. Outside of the band, Hollis has worked with artists such as Rod Stewart and Tonic. He also served as the musical director for Dancing With the Stars the Tour in 2007 and 2008, and America’s Got Talent Live in 2011.

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Fiona Adams, Beatles Photographer, Dead at 84

Photographer Fiona Adams, best known for her pictures of classic rock icons including the Beatles, has died at the age of 84.

Adams’ death was confirmed by her son, Karl. The photographer reportedly passed on June 26 following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Born in Guernsey, a small island in the English Channel, Adams left her hometown to study photography at the Ealing of School of Art. Her early work included architectural pictures, travel photographs and contributions to the Sunday Times newspaper.

While working for the London-based magazine Boyfriend in the early ‘60s, Adams career would reach a major turning point. The shutterbug was given the assignment of photographing an up-and-coming pop group called the Beatles.

Rather than doing a traditional studio shoot, Adams elected to capture the Fab Four among the ruins of a London bomb site. “Music was changing,” she later explained, “and I wanted to reflect this with a more dynamic, natural background.”

At the photographer’s direction, the young rockers jumped in the air. Doing so created one of the band’s most timeless images.

“I struggled down into the crater with my heavy camera case,” Adams recalled. “There was a pile of fallen bricks and detritus at the bottom. The boys did their bit and stood patiently – beautifully silhouetted against the sky and the buildings. I set up my camera and shouted: ‘One, two, three – jump!’ And they jumped – twice. Cuban heels and all.”

“I didn’t even think to check whether it was safe or not,” Adams would later admit to friend Lynne Ashton.

The band liked the pictures so much, they elected to use one for the cover of their Twist and Shout EP.

Adams would photograph the Beatles on many more occasions as the band elevated to worldwide superstardom. Though the group’s jumping image would remain the most iconic of her career, it was far from Adams’ only work with legendary artists.

The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix are among the vaunted rockers to appear in Adams’ material. Arguably the photographer’s most popular non-Beatles image was a 1965 picture of Bob Dylan, capturing the singer as he lounged with a cigarette at London’s Savoy Hotel.

Adams would later marry and have two children, focussing her time on family more than art.

In 2009, the National Portrait Gallery in England featured her work as part of an exhibition called Beatles to Bowie: The 60s Exposed. The exhibit referred to her Beatles picture as “one of the defining images of 20th-century culture,” while Adams was described as “an unsung heroine of the decade.”

See more examples of Adams work below.

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Bon Jovi’s New ‘American Reckoning’ Mourns George Floyd’s Murder

Bon Jovi chronicle the murder of George Floyd and the ensuing outrage and protests on their new single “American Reckoning.” You can listen to it below.

“America’s on fire, there’s protests in the street,” read the Jon Bon Jovi-penned lyrics. “Her conscience has been looted and her soul is under siege / Another mother’s crying as history repeats, I can’t breathe.”

“I was moved to write ‘American Reckoning’ as a witness to history,” the singer said in a statement on the band’s website. “I believe the greatest gift of an artist is the ability to use their voice to speak to issues that move us.”

The band and Island Records are donating all proceeds from downloads of the song for the remainder of the year to support Bryan Stevenson’s Equal Justice Initiative.

On May 25, Floyd was arrested for allegedly passing a counterfeit $20 bill at a grocery store in Minneapolis. While he was handcuffed face down on the street, police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for eight minutes, while two other offices helped restrain Floyd and another kept onlookers from interfering. An autopsy ruled Floyd’s death a homicide; all four officers are now facing charges related to his death. The murder sparked a worldwide wave of protests and ongoing social changes.

The new song will be added to the band’s upcoming album, 2020, which was originally scheduled to be released on May 15. That date and the band’s summer tour plans were pushed back as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Band keyboardist David Bryan was among the first musicians to publicly announce that he had tested positive for the coronavirus. On April 19, he revealed that he had fully recovered.

2020 is currently set to be released sometime this fall.

“American Reckoning” is the third song to be released from 2020, following last November’s “Unbroken” and February’s “Limitless.”

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Jefferson Starship Preview New EP With Single ‘It’s About Time’

Jefferson Starship recruited former singer Grace Slick to co-write their politically charged new song “It’s About Time.” The track appears on the band’s upcoming EP, Mother of the Sun, its first batch of new material in 12 years.

You can listen below.

Can’t you feel the planet getting hotter? How can you sit back and watch your own slaughter?” singer Cathy Richardson sings on the compact rocker. “Old white men have had their turn / Thousands of years, what have we learned?” She also touches on school shootings, political division, pollution and natural disasters throughout the tune, which veers into a spacey bridge before its final chorus.

The recently announced Mother of the Sun is out Aug. 21 on the band’s own label, Secret Knock Records. In addition to “It’s About Time,” which Slick and Richardson wrote with guitarist Jude Gold, the seven-track set also features a writing collaboration with former singer and guitarist Marty Balin, who died in 2018. Former bassist Pete Sears appears on three tracks.

Mother of the Sun was heavily inspired by the creative ethos of former Jefferson Starship guitarist Paul Kantner, who died in 2016. “Paul Kantner was our bandleader and the visionary who kept Jefferson Starship going through so many eras,” Richardson said in a statement. “He inspired so much about this record, from the messages in the lyrics to the title and album art to the collaborative process of creating music as a band with some of his original muses — Grace, Marty and Pete. Mother of the Sun is dedicated to PK.”

The band paired the release of “It’s About Time” with the EP’s track listing and album cover. This fall, the quintet will announce dates for a lengthy 2021 tour supporting the project.

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Jefferson Starship, ‘Mother of the Sun’ Track Listing
1. “It’s About Time”
2. “What Are We Waiting For?”
3. “Setting Sun”
4. “Runaway Again”
5. “Embryonic Journey”
6. “Don’t Be Sad Anymore”
7. “What Are We Waiting For (Extended Version)”

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Brian May Says Riff Project With Tony Iommi Still Has a ‘Chance’

Queen‘s Brian May and Black Sabbath‘s Tony Iommi have been teasing a potential riff-based collaboration since 2013. And though they haven’t taken any new steps toward that goal, May said the idea could still happen.

“I think there is a chance,” he told Guitar World, calling Iommi the “father of heavy metal.” “We do more talking than anything else, but we do a lot of talking. He is really my dearest friend in the business and has been for so many years. I could write books about Tony because he’s just the most … I don’t even know how to put it into words. You know, he’s a luminous human being is Tony, with a wonderful, kind nature and an incredibly baffling sense of humor.”

The guitarists first teamed up in 2000, with May guesting on two songs from Iommi’s self-titled solo LP. Twelve years later, the pair met up not long after the Black Sabbath guitarist was diagnosed with cancer, leading to a discussion about how to best utilize Iommi’s backlog of unused riffs.

“When I was first ill, Brian May came to visit me at my house in Lapworth,” Iommi told Birmingham Mail. “I played him some of my stuff, rock riffs that I’d never quite got round to developing, or decided not to use. He said I ought to do something with them.”

That led to a distinctive idea: releasing the guitar parts and and letting fans finish them off. “One of the ideas we had is that we could make the riffs available, get fans to use them in songs of their own, and see what they come up with,” Iommi added. “That way they’d effectively be recording with Brian and myself.”

May was excited by the concept. “I heard some of the hours of unreleased guitar jams Tony has on tapes and hard drives,” he said. “I thought it would be great to make a compilation out of them. … The idea was to put all these riffs out in some form so that people could build their own songs from them. You could make your own music with Tony Iommi on guitar! How great is that!”

The idea seemed to hit the back burner over the next few years, though May noted in 2017 that they’d “started talking about it again.” The exact release format of such a project remains unclear, and it appears to be largely conceptual at this point.

Meanwhile, Iommi recently told SiriusXM’s Eddie Trunk about a separate plan to gather some of his riffs. “Every night I play and put something down,” he said. “I was due to be working now with my engineer, but, of course, you can’t have anybody in your house because of the [coronavirus] lockdown.”

Iommi noted that he and Black Sabbath collaborator Mike Exeter had planned to start recording before the pandemic, but those plans “went pear-shaped.” “Hopefully when it all clears up,” he added, “we’ll definitely be starting.”

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Hear Deep Purple’s New Song ‘Nothing at All’

Deep Purple released a third new song, “Nothing at All,” from their upcoming album Whoosh! You can listen below.

The mid-tempo tune finds singer Ian Gillan belting reflective lines (“I’m talking to myself again / I’m waving to a passing friend”) while Steve Morse and Don Airey trade busy electric guitar and Hammond organ licks.

Whoosh! also features the previously issued “Man Alive” and “Throw My Bones.” The band originally targeted a June release date for their 21st studio album, which follows 2017’s inFinite, but it pushed the LP’s arrival to Aug. 7 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Deep Purple recorded the album in March 2019 in Nashville, working with Bob Ezrin, who produced both inFinite and their previous entry, 2013’s Now What?!

Gillan detailed the new project in a recent Billboard interview, noting that the band has developed “complete trust” in its producer.

“I remember very clearly Bob’s speech when we first met in Toronto,” the frontman said. “He wanted us to be like we are on stage and jam and improvise and make [songs] out of that and not worry about how long they are or any of those side issues. He was like, ‘Let’s do what Deep Purple does and it’ll all work out,’ and the results of that have become manifest.”

When announcing the album’s delay in April, Gillan spoke about the power of music during the ongoing pandemic. “During my quarantine I’m listening to a lot of music and guessing that it’s the same for many of us during this scary disruption to our lives,” he said. “We know, don’t we, that music will play a big part in our celebrations as we step back into the light.”

The band’s current tour schedule, per its website, includes a pair of September dates in Sweden and a long run of European and U.K. shows starting in summer 2021.

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Listen to Elvis Costello’s New Song, ‘Hetty O’Hara Confidential’

Elvis Costello has released another new solo song. You can listen to “Hetty O’Hara Confidential” via the animated video below.

The single follows the release of “No Flag” last month. While no word on a new album has been announced, “Hetty O’Hara Confidential” arrives with a note to “look out for the next installment on Aug. 14.”

Costello is credited with “mouth, Hammond organ, Fender Jazzmaster, upright piano, rhythm ace and all other noises” heard on the new song, which recalls his work from the late ’80s and early ’90s.

“Hetty O’Hara Confidential” is “the tale of a tattler who outlives her time,” and includes such Costello-like wordplay as “on the night he came home from the debutante ball / Passed out drunk on the bathroom floor / Call-girl called after taking a peek at the secret drawer of atomic secrets.

Like “No Flag,” the new song was recorded solo by Costello in Finland. Back when that song was released, Costello explained that he spent three days in a studio that was “a 20-minute ferry ride from downtown Helsinki” and that he “wanted to go somewhere nobody knew me. So, this is ‘the Helsinki sound.’”

Costello’s most recent LP, 2018’s Look Now, included collaborations with Carole King and Burt Bacharach, and won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. The record, made with his backing band the Imposters, was a return to the lusher sounds found on work like the classic 1982 album Imperial Bedroom.

In March, Costello performed a coronavirus lockdown show from his Vancouver home as part of a benefit campaign for the U.K.’s National Health Service. “Pretty much anything you do that adds to the solution rather than adds to the problem is the right thing to do, as you know,” he said at the time. “You don’t need me to tell you that.”

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Osbournes Return to Television in New Paranormal Series

The Osbourne family is (partially) returning to television.

In a new series for the Travel Channel, Ozzy, Sharon and their son Jack will be presented with footage of paranormal activity – such as UFOs, ghosts and haunted homes – and given free rein to discuss its authenticity.

Titled The Osbournes Want to Believe, the show will mark the family members’ united return to TV following their hit reality series in the early ’00s, The Osbournes. Notably absent from the group is daughter Kelly, who appeared on the popular MTV show, but will not take part in the new program. Eldest daughter, Aimee, will also be absent, continuing her decision to exclude herself from all Osbourne reality endeavors.

The Osbournes Want to Believe is something of a continuation for Jack, who also hosts the supernatural series Portals to Hell for the Travel Channel. A watch party for that show, hosted during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, provided part of the inspiration for the new series.

“I was a big X-Files fan – the biggest nerd ever,” Jack explained to Variety of his fascination with the supernatural. “I read all the books, watched all the episodes. And so, for me, as a kid, it was like a nerdy hobby – the paranormal, and UFOs, and ghosts.”

The youngest Osbourne seems enthused about bringing Ozzy and Sharon into the world of paranormal phenomena. “We see if I can poke at my parents,” Jack slyly joked, adding that he expects the experience to be “a lot of fun.”

The hour-long show – shot largely in the Osbournes home during coronavirus lockdown – will premiere on Aug 2.

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Styx’s Tommy Shaw Plays ‘Fooling Yourself’ With Youth Orchestra

Styx‘s Tommy Shaw teamed with Cleveland’s Contemporary Youth Orchestra for a socially distanced version of the band’s 1977 hit “Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man).”

You can watch the video below.

The lockdown rendition is presented in a split-screen format, with Shaw joined throughout by the 88-piece orchestra — including cameos from brass, strings, woodwinds, percussion, a full drum set and even backing vocalists — all of whom are between the ages of 12 and 18.

Shaw appears from his Nashville home, with music director Liza Grossman conducting from Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

The project — released on the 43rd anniversary of Styx’s The Grand Illusion LP — sprung from Grossman’s invitation to Shaw, attempting to unite the orchestra for the first time since the COVID-19 hit.

“Everyone, including me, sent in cellphone videos of themselves playing and singing our parts,” Shaw said in a statement. “I have been blown away during this process as it developed into what you’ll see and hear. Remember, aside from Liza and me, none of the orchestra members are older than 18 years of age.”

“We are still in awe over what these kids have put together, and it was an honor to be a part of their project,” Styx wrote in the video’s YouTube caption. “Thanks again for letting us in on the fun. Can’t think of any better way to celebrate the anniversary of Grand Illusion. You guys rock!”

In a statement, Grossman called “Fooling Yourself” one of her favorite Styx songs to conduct, highlighting its “waltz feel at the top, the changing meters and the positive messages embodied in the lyrics.”

In May, Styx drummer Todd Sucherman told Sonic Perspectives that, prior to the pandemic, the band was set to start recording a follow-up to 2017’s The Mission. “Had life gone on in normal fashion, my drum tracks would have been recorded in Nashville two weeks ago,” he said. “They aren’t recorded, and most of the guys haven’t recorded their parts either, so it’s still largely demos at this point. They need to be done, and that will happen when we are safely able to get to it.”

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Rolling Stones’ Expanded ‘Goats Head Soup’ Adds Three New Songs

The Rolling Stones are adding three previously unreleased songs to an expanded version of Goats Head Soup.

The deluxe two-disc CD and vinyl editions of the murky, somewhat bloated 1973 album will be released on Sept. 4. They will include 10 rarities and alternative mixes, including the previously unreleased tracks “Scarlet,” “All the Rage” and the project’s lead single, “Criss Cross.” Led Zeppelin‘s Jimmy Page contributes guitar to “Scarlet,” which also features Rick Grech of Blind Faith on bass.

“I really feel close to this album, and I really put all I had into it,” Mick Jagger said in a statement announcing the new set’s release. “I guess it comes across that I’m more into the songs.” Eight of Goat Head Soup‘s original 10 songs were recorded in one four-week recording session in Jamaica, which Keith Richards notes “was one of the few places that would let us all in” at the time.

In addition to those 10 tracks, the four-disc vinyl and CD box set editions will also include the 1973 live album The Brussels Affair, which was previously available as two limited-edition vinyl box sets in 2012 that cost at least $750.

Watch the Rolling Stones’ ‘Criss Cross’ Video

The new CD set will also come with a 120-page photo and essay book, four replica tour posters and a Blu-ray disc featuring the original album in both high-resolution stereo and surround sound. The Blu-ray also includes music videos for “Dancing With Mr. D,” “Silver Train” and “Angie.”

A vinyl edition of Goats Head Soup featuring an alternate early version of the album’s cover art is available exclusively from the band’s website.

You can see the track listing for the sets below.

The Rolling Stones ‘Goats Head Soup’ Expanded Editions Track Listing
Original Album
1. “Dancing With Mr. D”
2. “100 Years Ago”
3. “Coming Down Again”
4. “Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)”
5. “Angie”
6. “Silver Train”
7. “Hide Your Love”
8. “Winter”
9. “Can You Hear the Music”
10. “Star Star”

Rarities and Alternative Mixes (included on two- and four-disc box sets)
1. “Scarlet”
2. “All the Rage”
3. “Criss Cross”
4. “100 Years Ago” (Piano Demo)
5. “Dancing With Mr. D” (Instrumental)
6. “Heartbreaker” (Instrumental)
7. “Hide Your Love” (Alternative Mix)
8. “Dancing With Mr. D” (Glyn Johns 1973 Mix)
9. “Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)” (Glyn Johns 1973 Mix)
10. “Silver Train” (Glyn Johns 1973 Mix)

‘The Brussels Affair – Live 1973’ (included on four-disc CD and vinyl box sets)
1. “Brown Sugar”
2. “Gimme Shelter”
3. “Happy”
4. “Tumbling Dice”
5. “Star Star”
6. “Dancing With Mr. D”
7. “Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)”
8. “Angie”
9. “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”
10. “Midnight Rambler”
11. “Honky Tonk Women”
12. “All Down the Line”
13. “Rip This Joint”
14. “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”
15. “Street Fighting Man”

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Hear the Rolling Stones’ Previously Unreleased Song ‘Criss Cross’

The Rolling Stones have shared the previously unreleased “Criss Cross” as the first track from their upcoming expanded reissue of 1973’s Goats Head Soup.

You can watch the video for the song below.

The newly announced reissue of Goats Head Soup will include two other previously unheard tracks, as well as seven alternative or instrumental mixes and the rare 1973 live album The Brussels Affair.

The “Criss Cross” video was directed by Diana Kunst, who has previously worked with MadonnaJames Blake and A$AP Rocky, among others.

The Rolling Stones released “Living in a Ghost Town” in April, marking their first new song in eight years. They started work on that track a couple years ago, then completed it during the COVID-19 quarantine. “The Stones were in the studio recording new material before the lockdown,” Mick Jagger wrote on Twitter. “And one song – ‘Living in a Ghost Town’ – we thought would resonate through the times we’re living in.”

Jagger told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe that “Keith Richards and I both had the idea that we should release it. But I said, ‘Well, I’ve got to rewrite it.’ Some of it is not going to work, and some of it was a bit weird and a bit too dark. So, I slightly rewrote it. I didn’t have to rewrite very much, to be honest. It’s very much how I originally did it.”

“Living in a Ghost Town” followed 2012’s “Doom and Gloom” and “One More Shot,” which were included on the band’s career-spanning GRRR! compilation. The Rolling Stones then recorded a series of cover songs for 2016’s Blue and Lonesome LP.

The band was forced to postpone their 2020 North American tour amid the pandemic, but remained active throughout the year: They appeared during the April special One World: Together at Home, which benefited Global Citizen’s efforts to support frontline healthcare workers and the World Health Organization. The Rolling Stones also recently announced that the 2016 concert film Havana Moon will screen at drive-in theaters across the U.S. and Canada starting July 10.

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